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August 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

MCA Catalyst – August 2016

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MCA Summer Conference promotes best practices, education

Community Action leaders gathered last month to participate in breakout educational sessions, network with peers and exchange best practice ideas during MCA's annual summer conference...In addition to legislative updates, attendees gained insight on innovative program models, collaborative community development and leadership…

CAA programs benefit from Two Generation approach

A single working mother struggled to provide and care for her developmentally delayed toddler but got help through a "two-generation" approach outlined by a Maryland Community Action Agency.  The mother, who worked a retail night shift, enrolled in the program offered by Garrett County Community Action Committee (GCCAC).

Poverty can threaten an entire family's stability, explained Paige Teegarden of GCCAC, who spoke at MCA's summer conference, putting the futures of both children and parents at risk…

CAAs share new programs and services

Community Action Agency members had the opportunity to present new services to MCA's Summer Conference attendees.

  • Wayne-Metro CAA: Vehicles for Change
  • Muskegon Oceana CAP: Fifth Third Financial Empowerment eBus
  • OLHSA: Revive Pontiac

Child Nutrition Act may not help local kids

Lawmakers concerned about children growing up in food-insecure households usually work to ensure they have access to healthy food at school.  Proper nutrition is an important factor in school performance, so the changes to the Child Nutrition Act are puzzling – read the full article published in the Lansing State Journal by Kate White, MCA Executive Director.

College scholarships offered to CAA staff

Community Action employees and their immediate family members now qualify for a $3,000 new student scholarship and a 10 percent tuition discount thanks to a new partnership between MCA and Capella University…

Weatherization Assistance Program 40 year anniversary

Since the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was established nearly 40 years ago, it has provided critical weatherization services to more than 7 million low-income families.  "As CAAs are planning their annual weatherization events in October, consider incorporating a celebration of the 40th anniversary of WAP," suggests Kate White, MCA executive director…

MCA transitions to new membership management software

MCA has been searching for a new membership platform in order to enhance its communication networks.  This month the organization will transition from Constant Contact to MemberClicks, an all-in-one membership management software…

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